[READY TO VOTE] Integration of Optimism Gov and RGPF into University Courses,

Happy to see the change of scope to including this in blockchain/ethereum courses.

I’m an Optimism delegate with sufficient voting power and I believe this proposal should move to a vote.

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I like experimentation with implanting Optimism in academia.

I’m an Optimism delegate with sufficient voting power and I believe this proposal should go for a vote.

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The Grants Council has opened early submissions as an Indication of Interest for this mission request here

For your application to be considered, the Mission request must pass the Token House vote on February 14th. Submissions will not be considered if a Mission Request is not approved on the 14th.

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What an awesome mission request and with feedback from @postpolar and @drnick too.

It was really cool to read the back and forth.

I understand there are some concerns but I think experimenting with Optimism in Academia is something that would be worthwhile to see implemented as this might bear fruit in ways we can’t even imagine yet and create the next generation of dreamers we need.

Voting for this proposal.

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Hi @Gonna.eth - please help me understand the application process. Do I submit multiple applications to help manage this mission for @drnick @postpolar and Nounish Prof? They are not Fledging Tier, but I am.

It is not possible to submit a single application for the entire amount, covering five professors. Is this correct?

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Teams may consist of one or more persons. This depends on the configuration

you should always take into account the tier if you are going to ask for the maximum amount and that depends on who is leading:

@Gonna.eth @AxlVaz The mission request proposed to allocate 20K OP per course, distributing OP to students for hands on experimentation.

These professors are at different universities, teaching different courses. Should the Charmverse description be changed to reflect “per course”?

I understand teams can be composed of one or more persons. In this case, professors are working independently of each other because they are at separate Universities.

My understanding is these should be separate proposals as outlined in the request. i.e. - The team is composed of Mission management applying for grant and assisting in structuring the module. The mission management creates the module with hands on governance experimentation and forwards rewards to a professor teaching the course and students based on participation and performance.

Am I understanding this correctly?

Apologies for the confusion on my end and thanks for the support.

It says one or more applicants, that applicant could be you and your team (3-4-5 teachers). I think you just need to detail well the courses and costs, which should be appropriate to the proposal. As I understand it, the mission leader is responsible for the results (also for the management of the funds).

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Just to be clear, at least it is my understanding that you can submit multiple courses of 20k each (as long as it is well detailed).

But they should be a bit clearer on the subject of applications.

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Correct, you can’t put a single application for all of them. We score on the merits of each different professor and university.

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I teach a class on blockchain for social impact at Boston University and would love to see this. Happy to have a speaker come in from Optimism.

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GM @AnneConnelly . The scope of this mission is a little more involved than having a speaker present. It requires integrating Optimism Gov and RetroPGF in the syllabus + contributions to a casy study and open source play book that assists other professors in future integrations of OP Gov and RetroPGF. Happy to chat with you if you feel this is something you can execute on.

I shared this with a professor or KU Leuven. He said “This looks interesting but any educational offer needs to comply with our existing education offers and needs to get approval by the education committee.”

What’s the goal of this mission? Reach that level of inclusion within a university? or could it be having a professor from a university offering the course as an extracurricular activity?

Also, does one need to offer the syllabus to apply? (application deadline is tomorrow) or is just the commitment from three professors of three diff institutions that is needed?

This is more aligned with university courses that already teach Ethereum related subject matter, including hands on experimentation. One goal is to lean on professors that have already taken first steps to facilitate this, and empower them to create more meaningful participation with hands on experimentation.

My long term vision is to create enough experimentation that allows for a more official integration. Universities teach all sorts of experimental courses about random. weird subjects - would love to see something as meaningful as governance and public goods funding mechanisms in the Ethereum ecosystem, specifically Optimism, grow within higher education.

Check this application link for more details and get familiar with the judging rubric the grants council uses to rate/ reward projects.

Mmmhh the answer was not yet clear to me @Carlosjmelgar @brichis @jackanorak

Is the goal of the mission to get in touch with professors that already teach something about blockchain and governance so that they include the topics of Optimism Gov and RPGF in their course or is it to get them to create and offer a specialized course on OP gov and RPGF?

I see three options:
a) Add the content as a case of study within its current curricula
Not much impact as it’s a grain of salt among several many other things they mention to students - implementing this might be easy as it would only require the professor to agree on it, however, it won’t produce any immersive experience nor much time explaining the content.

b) submit a proposal to the university to offer a course about the mission
This will have great impact as it entitles an immersive experience where students learn and earn tokens, however, it will take tons of coordination between the university and the professor.

c) Offering an extracurricular course to its students
This might get the same impact than the “b” option with less students but also more interested ones on the topic. Regarding feasibility, I don’t know yet if the amount of time and coordination required is equal to the option “b”. It might be less as the professor is able to do with its time whatever he/she wants, but it won’t have any branding coming from the university.

I believe that we should strive for b and c options. And if so, it should be clearly defined in here.

I shared this OP mission with a professor that is specialized in governance and has written several papers about blockchain in public governance; and KU Leuven is a worldwide 100 ranked university.

Another thing to consider is the time it takes to make this happen in this kind of universities is different that what it takes to do it in a lower rank one. But it is worth the effort and time if the OP mission allows, as most of the people studying here will end up in key policy making and private decision making positions, which will ease adoption at scale.